In the interest of full disclosure, this post really should be called “On My iPhone”. I go through most of my books by listening on Audible .* I pay a monthly membership to have someone read to me while I drive, cook, clean, run, or fold laundry because I find I have a lot more of that time available than I have sitting down and reading quietly time. As a bonus, I find I’m much more eager to cook, clean, fold laundry, etc. if I am deep into a book! So it’s a win-win. I don’t fall asleep (which often happens when I sit down to read–I blame motherhood) and my household tasks get taken care of with less grumbling from me! Also on the topic of full disclosure, all links with an asterisk indicate an affiliate link.
You’ve probably noticed that I didn’t spend a whole lot of time writing in December and January. I did, however, spend a lot of time reading. Or at least, I spent a lot of time cleaning and moving (*again*), which for me, equals a lot of time listening to books! Here are a few of my favorite recent reads.
The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism* by Kristine Barnett
This book was fascinating! And while this memoir centers around the author’s son and their family’s journey with autism, Barnett points out very clearly that this book and her philosophy of finding and feeding a child’s spark is not unique to children with autism. It’s a message for all children and all parents: Find the spark. Celebrate it. Feed it. And don’t be afraid to blaze your own trail. This book was really inspiring to me both as a parent and an educator. Continue reading